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NRF Master's and Doctoral Scholarships for 2020

NRF Offering Master's and Doctoral Scholarships for 2020

The (National Research Foundation) NRF is mandated by an Act of Parliament, the NRF Act (Act No. 23 of 1998) to: “Support and promote research through funding, human capacity development and the provision of the necessary research facilities, in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge.

Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria listed below apply to all first time applicants for Masters and Doctoral scholarships:

  • Scholarships are open to South African citizens, South African permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals who will register at a South African public university in 2020 on a full-time basis.
  • NRF Masters scholarship-holders who wish to register for Doctoral degrees in 2020 must apply for funding.

The eligibility criteria for applicants seeking Extension Support are as follows:

  • Applicants must be NRF scholarship-holders in 2019. Extensions will only be granted under exceptional circumstances and will either be six (6) or twelve (12) months as the NRF expects all students to complete their qualifications within regulation time of the funding period.
  • Applicants applying for extension support at the Masters level should have commenced their degree in 2018.
  • Applicants applying for extension support at the Doctoral level should have commenced their degree in 2017.
  • Only students pursuing full-time Masters or Doctoral studies in South Africa are eligible to apply.

The eligibility criteria listed below apply to all NRF-TWAS Doctoral applicants:

  • Applicants must register at a South African public university in 2020 on a full-time basis and may be based at any South African public research institution including Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Science Councils and National Research Facilities. Details of Recognised HEIs and other Public Research Institutions are available here.
  • The NRF-TWAS Doctoral Scholarships are only open to citizens and permanent residents from developing countries on the African continent and elsewhere. It is important to note that South Africans are not eligible to apply. Please refer to the list of eligible developing countries and the list of 66 priority countries for TWAS funding.
  • Applicants may not be living, studying or working in South Africa at the time of application. Page 7 of 15
  • Applicants who were previously employed or studying towards a degree or undertaking research in South Africa, and have returned to their country of origin but have been in their country of origin for less than two (2) years are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be thirty five (35) years of age or younger on the 31st of December of the year of application for the Doctoral scholarship.
  • Visa and immigration laws of the applicant’s home country and South Africa must be met by the applicant. The applicant must secure his/her own Visa or study permit under the programme for study in South Africa. Neither NRF nor TWAS will be responsible for assisting with visa requirements.
  • Upon completion of the studies, all successful applicants must return to their country of origin. Students who fail to return to their home country will be liable to pay back the amount to the NRF equal to the number of years of study support they have received.  Applicants who wish to pursue research under Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) disciplines will be supported through the Scholarship.

 

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Opportunity Closing Date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019
Opportunity is closing in 142 days
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